All the features of our PC-based programmers can now be
carried in the palm of your hand! Use the familiar
melabs Programmer software to create a memory card with
option settings, configuration data, and program code.
Slip the memory card into the melabs Field Programmer
and you're good to go - anywhere!
Note: The Field Programmer requires a memory card
with the FAT16 file system. Only cards in the capacity range of
64M to 2G are compatible.
The Field Programmer draws power from the target board
via the in-circuit programming connector. A power
adapter is available for production programming using
any of our extensive line of programming adapters.
More than 500 PIC microcontrollers are supported!
Support for future devices can be added via FLASH
Programming Adapters: We offer an extensive line of
programming adapters that allow you to program devices
in DIP, Surface Mount, and PLCC packages. To find an
adapter to fit the part/package that you need to program,
see our Programming Adapters section. In order to use
the melabs Field Programmer with a programming adapter,
you must connect the Power Adapter for melabs Field
In-Circuit Serial Programming (ICSP): The melabs
Field Programmer is designed to program PIC MCUs
in-circuit. To use this feature, your target board must
have some means of connecting to the 10-pin header on
the programmer. If the ICSP connection on the target
board does not have a connection to power, the melabs
Field Programmer Power Adapter is required.
Software: The programmer includes software for Windows
98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7. This software is identical to that which runs all
melabs programmers. The melabs Field Programmer requires a special file to
be stored on a memory card. The software allows you to open a
standard-format hex file, set options and configuration, then create the field
programmer file and save it.
The melabs programmer software is compatible with the
standard Microchip HEX format files. Any assembler or
compiler for PICmicros can be used to create the program,
including MPASM, "C", PICBASIC™, or PICBASIC PRO™.
The same software that controls the melabs Field
Programmer can be used with all models of our programmers,
including EPIC parallel port programmers and melabs U2
Programmer. The software can even control multiple
programmers on one computer.
The software allows you to set configuration bits on the
PIC with an easy-to-use list of options. Each
configuration option is selectable in a drop-down list.
Configuration data may be read from a hex file or from a
The consolidated view-memory window lets you view each
section of memory in the PIC with a click.
A formidable list of options allow you to customize the
function of the programmer. You control what areas of
the device are erased, programmed, and verified. All
applicable options are saved with the field programmer
file on the memory card.
The programmer's firmware can be upgraded electronically
via the memory card. You don't have to worry about
whether your hardware is compatible when purchasing a
software upgrade. Any required firmware changes will
be included in the purchased upgrade.
melabs Field Programmer Features:
- Powered from ICSP connection or optional power adapter
- Dual-color indicator shows ready/busy states and flashes error codes
- In-Circuit Serial Programming (ICSP) connector for interface to project board
- Full featured software included with support for ICSP-capable PIC®
- Flash firmware easily upgradeable to add support for future devices
- Compatible with Microchip HEX format files (after conversion using
the supplied software)
- Compatible with all Programming Adapters
(requires power adapter)